Houses Long Ago

Abstract: Story collected by Patricia Morrison, a student at An Chlais Mhór, Eóchaill school (Clashmore, Co. Waterford) (no informant identified).

Original reference: 0641/1/18

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Morrison, Patricia

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Houses Long Ago [duchas:4379238]

The houses long ago were made of clay and stones. Long ago they used to sleep in the kitchen as there were only two rooms in every house. My father never heard of the fire in the middle of the kitchen. The floor was also made of clay. The roof was made of thatch. There was a half-door to every house to prevent the hens from coming in to the kitchen. The light they used to have was tallow candles which they used out of sheep fat and for the wick they used to plait threads and put them in the fat. The fire they had was turf and wood as there was no coal. There was one door in every house. The chimney was in the middle of the centre wall of the house. It was made of clay and square stones.

Origin information
Clashmore, Co. Waterford
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Physical description
p. 23
Volume 0641
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Liam Suipéal.
Residential buildings--An teach cónaithe
School location
ClashmoreClais MhórClashmoreClashmoreDecies-within-DrumWaterford
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Original reference: 0641/1/18

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"Houses Long Ago"in "The Schools' Manuscript Collection," held by University College Dublin, National Folklore Collection UCD. © University College Dublin. Digital content by: Glenbeigh Records Management, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Liam Suipéal.
Supported by funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ireland), University College Dublin, and the National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann), 2014-2016.
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Metadata creation date: 2014/2016 — Metadata created by Fiontar, Dublin City University, in collaboration with the National Folklore Collection UCD and UCD Library. Original Fiontar metadata converted into MODS by UCD Library.

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